It’s summertime again and the welcomed sunshine can cause problems for those of us that love it so much. Sunburns occur when you get prolonged exposure to the sun, usually without protecting your skin properly. Even if you wore sunscreen, you might have forgotten to reapply after a few hours. Luckily, there are some ways to make your own sunburn relief products.
Potato-based Sunburn Products
This might be one of the more surprising options on this list when you want to help treat your sunburn with natural products. While potatoes are not what the mind goes to when you think of home remedies for burns, they can also help very well. Potatoes have been used for medicinal properties for a long time, as they soothe cuts and scrapes, relieve the pain from burns, and can reduce inflammation on the skin. For this product, you want to mash potato into a paste by mixing it with water and essential oils. Removing the skin beforehand is recommended so they are easier to get to a soft consistency. A food processor works great for this one.
Aloe and Oil Sunburn Relief
Aloe vera is an amazing way to relieve pain from a sunburn, but it doesn’t always have to be used alone. While you can definitely just open up an aloe leaf and put some of the gel onto your burn, you can increase how well it works by adding some essential oils.
Choose cooling and healing essential oils known to help with burns, such as frankincense, lavender, chamomile, and eucalyptus. You can go ahead and create your own concoction, or just start with one oil at a time to see how well it works for your burn. Lavender is one of the best to use since it is very soothing and relaxing on your skin.
Milk Compress Relief
This is not going to heal your burn, but it allows it to cool off shortly after you get the sunburn. It can be difficult finding that initial cooling off period, and milk helps. What you want to do is get some chilled milk and pour it into a bowl. Dip an extra-soft washcloth into the bowl of milk, allowing it to become completely saturated in milk, then place it over your burned skin. You will notice that within a few minutes, it cools off substantially.
For a sunburn, staying out of the sun and cooling off the burned skin will help to reduce pain and discomfort. However, for 2nd or 3rd-degree burns, you need to see a medical professional.